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The South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) is closely examining and monitoring the ongoing situation with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in relation to the SMJFL.

The SMJFL’s main priority is the safety and wellbeing of all members of the league. The league will take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of its clubs and their members under all circumstances.

The league is continuing to liaise with the relevant government health agencies and the AFL. The SMJFL will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates to stakeholders as they arise.

AFL Victoria

Educational Posters

AFL Victoria – Return to Play Protocols – Updated 4 November 2021

News Articles/Memos

22 January – SMJFL locks in 2021 season

12 February – League Update

25 May – Additional COVID-Safe measures

27 May – Seven-day lockdown

2 June – League Update


12 March 2020 – Update

15 March 2020 – Training Suspended

17 March 2020 – Season Delayed

22 March 2020 – AFL Vic Junior Development Series/Next Generation Academy Series

17 March 2020 – General Update

11 May 2020 – Update

13 May 2020 – Update

16 May 2020 – AFL Victoria Correspondence

19 May 2020 – AFL Victoria Return to Training Protocols

12 June – SMJFL Season Structure

25 June – AFL Vic Return to Play protocols

1 July – Victorian State Government Restrictions


Club Communications

SMJFL 2020 Season – Frequently Asked Questions – Updated 27/07/2020

Trusted resources

WHO Practise food safety – Safe meat consumption

WHO Practise food safety

WHO Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak

WHO Protect others from getting sick infographic 2

WHO Protect others from getting sick infographic

WHO Wash your hands infographic 2

WHO Wash your hands infographic

World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 fact sheet

These resources can be downloaded and printed to be displayed around club facilities, distributed to club patrons, or posted on social media. These resources will be available on the SMJFL website.

Limited Use of Equipment


How to hand wash

How to hand rub – sanitiser

DoH – Routine Environmental Cleaning

DHHS – Cleaning and Disinfecting

Cleaning of Equipment

Australian Government’s Infection Control Training – COVID-19*

Vaccination Poster

Community Sport Vaccination Requirements

Checklist for COVID contacts

Checklist for COVID cases

Club templates

Attendance Registers

Template Register of Trained Officials

Template Club Training Attendance Register

TeamStuff has a function within the app for taking attendance.

TeamApp has a function within the app for taking attendance. See instructional video here.

SMJFL can create a Jotform specific to each club

To assist clubs in taking attendance at training the following options are available to clubs:

COVID Safety Officer

As per the requirement that a club’s appoint a COVID Safety Officer, the league as created the COVID Safety Officer (CVSO) Handbook (updated 26 June) which includes a position description for the COVID Safety Officer. Please note that this is a working document. As such please forward any feedback to Dom on

Insurance Cover Under AFL Community National Risk Protection Program & COVID-19

Please note the below is not to be construed as legal advice.  If legal advice is required, Leagues/Clubs should engage their own independent legal representative.

Public Liability insurance and COVID-19

Understandably, community football members and volunteers are concerned about insurance cover for legal liability potentially arising in relation to dealing with the risks and consequences of COVID-19.  However the reality is their insurance cover under the AFL Community Public Liability policy for COVID-19 events is currently the same as the insurance cover for legal liability for any other event in connection with their community football roles and/or operations that is not specifically excluded from coverage. 
In general terms, so long as the clubs, members and volunteers are acting within the scope of their duties/operations, are acting reasonably and not willfully, maliciously, criminally etc., then the public liability policy, subject to its other terms and conditions, should extend to provide insurance cover to the club, member or volunteer for any resulting legal liability.  However, determination of cover for a particular claim can only be made once the precise allegations and circumstances are known to the insurer.
In addition, it should be noted that where a claim is made against a club, member and/or volunteer, in circumstances where the club, member and/or volunteer have acted reasonably to prevent injury (including taking all reasonable steps in complying with the advice, recommendations and/or protocols of Governments and other statutory bodies), they will have a strong defense to the claim.  Please see the attached flyer from the AFL’s Insurance Broker, Marsh for further details on the insurance cover and preventative action in relation to COVID-19.  

Personal Accident insurance and COVID-19

The Personal Accident cover that players and volunteers have the benefit of under the Collective Insurance Program does not provide, and never has provided, any cover for sickness or illness and this includes COVID-19.  Players and volunteers may have access to benefits or reimbursement of medical expenses for illness (including COVID-19) events through Medicare, Private Health, Life insurance (generally provided through a superannuation fund) and/or Ambulance membership.  

Further questions

Should any Community football body or member have any concerns or questions in relation to coverage under the AFL Community National Risk Protection Program, they are strongly recommended to contact the Marsh Sport team direct on 1300 130 373 or via


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